A federal study conducted in 2009 revealed that Wisconsin has the highest rates of drunk driving than any other state in the country. Nearly 44,000 people were arrested last year for driving while intoxicated in the state alone. Of the people surveyed, 26% of drivers 16 and older said they had driven drunk within the past year. 1 in 20 people also admitted to driving under the influence of illegal drugs.
The survey, conducted by the US Department of Health and Human Services, shows that almost half of the deadly traffic accidents were alcohol-related. 45% of fatal car crashes and 40% of fatal motorcycle accients involved alcohol. This has resulted in 238 deaths and 4,000 injuries.
Drunk driving convictions can result in the loss of your driver's license and car. First-time offenders with BAC's above 0.15 as well as second-time offenders are now required to have an ignition interlock installed in their vehicles.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a car accident that involved a drunk driver, contact the Kenosah auto accident injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C. at 800-242-2874.